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|Sept. 14, 2022||April 24, 2023||2 11 20|
As CDC guidance related to COVID-19 protection has shifted due to higher levels of immunity and the increased availability of effective COVID-19 prevention and management tools, the District's approach to COVID-19 management has evolved as well. While we continue to encourage our community to access life-saving vaccines, District employees will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination, submit negative test results, or seek accommodations in lieu of vaccination. Accordingly, we are rescinding COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements as provided in issuance I-2022-5, COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements (April 2022 Update).
The following language concerning the COVID-19 vaccination requirement shall be removed from all new vacancy announcements and offer letters:
Agencies do not have to repost existing vacancy announcements with the vaccination requirement language removed; for currently posted vacancy announcements, agencies should inform candidates that the vaccination requirement is no longer in effect.
Agencies do not have to reopen candidate pools for positions they have already begun interviewing for prior to the effective date of this issuance. However, candidate pools should be reopened if interviews will begin after the effective date of this issuance.
COVID-19 vaccinations are no longer required, thus the processing of religious accommodation requests concerning the COVID-19 vaccination requirement will also cease.
Agencies should discontinue any religious accommodations granted pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, as they are no longer required. Employees who have already received a religious accommodation in which they were approved to work remotely, shall return to in-person work but may work remotely under an approved telework agreement in accordance with issuance I-2021-22, Compressed, Flexible and Telework Schedules.
Agencies should consult the Office of Disability Rights and review all other ADA accommodation requests related to COVID-19, but not based on the vaccine mandate, on a case-by-case basis.
Time-Off Awards for getting COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are no longer authorized. However, employees who have already received an award will retain their awarded hours.
Issued by Interim Director E. Lindsey Maxwell II, Esq., D.C. Department of Human Resources on Sept. 14, 2022, 9:20 a.m.